Savor the charming and spectacular views offered by Punta Patiño Nature Reserve in this 4D/3N getaway. Get a glimpse of nature’s exquisite flora and fauna and learn the culture and traditions of the locals in the village of Mogue.
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This unforgettable adventure takes place along the historic Gulf of San Miguel, where the Spanish discoverer Vasco Nuñez de Balboa became the first European to set eyes on the Pacific Ocean back in 1512. Stay in the charming Punta Patiño Lodge and enjoy all the area has to offer: flora, fauna, indigenous tribes, their special culture and their handmade crafts.
4 Days/3 Nights
Panama City – Punta Patiño Nature Reserve – Gulf of San Miguel
Early in the morning, you will be picked up by your Naturalist Guide at your hotel lobby. Enjoy a scenic 4-5 hour ride from Panama City along the Pan-American highway, east, to Puerto Quimba, Darien. Along the way, your Naturalist Guide will give you an introduction to your 4-day adventure while traveling from a vibrant cosmopolitan city to small farming towns and indigenous villages; from multi-lane highways to narrows country roads; from skyscrapers to simple houses along rivers with meadows and forests. In a small village along the way, stop for a typical Panamanian breakfast where you will enjoy an array of local fritters, fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and more local specialties. Arrive at Puerto Quimba later in the morning and embark a motorized boat for an approx. 1.5 hour ride along the Tuira River and the Pacific Ocean to the private 65,000-acre Punta Patiño Nature Reserve, overlooking the Gulf of San Miguel, where you settle into your private rustic cabin. After a light and refreshing lunch you will head out on your first excursion of the trip. Led by your Naturalist Guide, you will hike into the forest in search of nature’s creatures and exquisite flora. You will learn about the work that the National Association for the Conservation of Nature (ANCON) is carrying out to protect the reserve and how the rainforest is regenerating. This evening you will take a short walk to look for caiman, owls and other nocturnal species. Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
The Embera People of the Mogue River
This morning you embark on a motorized dugout canoe and head for the Mogue River. You will look for Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, Osprey and Raccoons fishing along the river. The trip up river takes you through millenary mangroves making the boat ride extraordinary. You arrive at the village of Mogue where its inhabitants greet you. After the formalities and presentations, you will be able to learn about their culture and traditions. You will also have the opportunity of buying their beautiful handicrafts that are made from natural materials. The men are expert carvers of Cocobolo wood and the women weave extraordinary baskets from palm fibers with dyes from different
plants. On your return trip to the lodge, you will do a coastal tour of the reserve. The afternoon is free for you to continue exploring the area surrounding the lodge on your own, enjoy the view from the second-floor veranda or take a siesta on one of the hammocks or in your cabin. Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
Punta Patiño Nature Reserve
After a hearty breakfast, you will enter with your guide into the primary forest of the reserve. The emergent tree species here is the impressive Cuipo. You will hike a back trail in search of more flora and fauna. You return to the lodge in time for lunch. Board a boat in the afternoon for a coastal tour of the reserve and the sea bird’s nesting areas of El Morro. Night at PUNTA PATIÑO LODGE (BLD)
Return to Panama City
Early this morning you can continue birding with our guide or you may opt for taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the tranquility of the isolated beach. Come mid-morning, take a boat ride to Puerto Quimba and go from there by land back to Panama City. Drop off at hotel late afternoon. (BL)
B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner) – meals included
Moderate hiking with rolling hills and optional activities like extended nocturnal hikes.
Lodge accommodations are rustic but comfortable.
Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however, they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
Electricity is only available after sunset to sunrise (approximately from 6:00 pm. to 6:00 am.)
Please remember that there is no cell phone reception or stores in most of the area you will be traveling to on this excursion.
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